Lab-On-a-Chip Project

This artifact is the second chip design that we designed to detect unknown fluorescein, and this is created when I was taking the second Fundamental Engineering course. The goal of this Lab-On-a-Chip project is to design a chip to detect the unknown concentration of the fluorescein sample using a small-scale. This artifact represents my first-year experience as an engineering student. This chip design was the result of the data that we collected in the first part of the second semester (data collected for last two chips and the information that we collected from other teams). This project helped me learn more about the importance of teamwork, the problem-solving skills, and the communication skills, which is very helpful in real life. I learned that as an engineering student, problem-solving skill is essential but teamwork and communication skills are indispensable skills.

View of the Oval from the Thompson Library

img_4243The Ohio State University is a beautiful campus. This is one of the pictures that I took on the eleventh floor in the Thompson library while I was studying.

In the beginning of the semester, I was overwhelmed with homework so I spent most of the evenings in Thompson library because it is the closest library to where I live. The transition between high school and the university was hard because there is a set time to do homework in high school; in college, the times are scattered, I have trouble finding the time to study and do homework, and go to club meetings.

Now is almost the end of the first semester. I found myself getting used to the new chapter of my life and getting improved on time management. During the process, I learned how to deal with stress, how to relax, and do things that I enjoy.

In the future, I will try to continue on what I am doing and work on improving my time management skill more.

Year in Review

In the beginning of the year, I was just an eighteen year old student that always get A’s in high school going into college. Coming into college, I did not know what to expect, I did not know how different is it from high school. After the first semester, I realized that college is similar to high school, but with a more free schedule and more work. Due to the more free schedule, I struggled with time management a lot, I did not know when to study and when to do work, and I lost my motivation to work hard, that was nothing that I expected. As a result, I started getting bad grades on quizzes and tests. I was devastated by that but eventually I started to find my way back (although I was still not satisfied with the grades that I got, it got better). What got me through those struggles is the friends that I made during in the beginning of the year, they were very supportive. I really appreciate them for their supports, they kept encourage me and made me want to be a better person like them.


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About Me

Hello! My name is Valerie Yongyi Lin. I am majoring in Chemical Engineering and planning to minor in another language, such as Spanish or Korean. Additionally, I am in the International Affairs Scholar Program. I chose to be part of this program because I believe that this will broaden my view on the world and I have always been interested in learning about other cultures and learning about what is going on in the world. In the future, I wish to participate in one or more research projects.

I was born in China and came to the U.S. when I was eleven years old. I lived in Cincinnati, Ohio ever since then. After I came to the U.S., I knew I would have to work harder than other American students to get the grade I want because English is my second language. Being a first generation college student, college is both exciting yet scary because it is a new chapter of my life, yet I am looking forward to this new journey!